We Can Make an Extracurricular Activity Out of Googling Stuff

Real Neat Blog Award

As someone whose penchant for asking random questions not only subjected him to a couple of what-a-weirdo baffled stares in the past but also plunked him into awkward conversations, today’s Tag or Award or whatever is right up my alley. So thank you Wesaun @ Oreo and Books and Tam-Tam @ Thoughts And Afterthoughts who now knows what a horrible person I can be for the Real Neat Blog Award! You can check out their entries here and here, respectively.

And because I feel like info-dumping would bore you out of your mind, I’ll only answer seven questions instead of fourteen. Or maybe because I’m lazy. You decide.

IF YOU COULD HANG OUT WITH 2-3 CHARACTERS FOR A DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO (FICTIONAL), WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND WHY WOULD YOU DO IT?
I initially wanted to mash up fandoms for this idyllic one-day getaway but then I thought of Mim (Mosquitoland by David Arnold) and—nope, OF COURSE it has to be Mim, Beck and Walt. This trio is their own adventure. Like, we can make an extracurricular activity out of Googling stuff and we’d have a blast. I’m not even kidding. OR we can go to Le Cirque des Rêves (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern). Yeah, that would be super awesome.

IF YOU COULD BUILD SOMETHING USING MULTIPLE COPIES OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OF 2015, WHAT WOULD YOU BUILD AND WHY?
I’m gonna build my own red iron throne. GO FIGURE.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
This is actually more complicated than black and white? Because the easy answer would be a light shade of teal. However, I also like three-shades-darker bean red, milk white and blue dress, especially together. And oh, mustard yellow. By the way, I’m talking HTML colors. Because I’m a nerd.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO THAT IS IN NO WAY RELATED TO THE BOOK WORLD, BOOKS, OR THE COMMUNITY?
I really enjoy going to the cinema alone. In fact, there was a time when I’d go watch a movie every week and that was my me-time. It’s just, there’s something about the alone-ness of it. Like, there’s this entranced moment after the film right? Where you think big thoughts, like maybe you can move to France or open a bake shop or do that one thing you’ve always wanted to do. And you never even do it. It’s just the feeling that you can maybe turn your life into a movie, you know? (Also, I think I’m paraphrasing Ezra Faulkner here.) That—those few minutes after the credits—that’s very special for me, and I want to savor it in silence.

YOU HAVE TO SWAP BLOGS WITH A BLOGGER (INCLUSIVE IS BOOKLR/BOOKTUBE/BOOKSTAGRAM) AND NEED TO OPERATE IT ON THE SAME SCHEDULE (OR NOT) LIKE THE ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATOR FOR A MONTH. WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? WHY?
Cait of Paper Fury I choose you! Wait, no. Cait is not a Pokémon. But she’s definitely my choice. Just because I feel like running Paper Fury for a month would entail stretching my comfort zone even more. Gosh. I would have to read ten books or thirty seven to keep up.

WRITE A HAIKU WITH BOOK TITLES/AUTHOR NAMES.
Never let me go
Every day, at breaking dawn
Through the looking-glass

IMAGINE YOU HAVE SEVERAL ROWS OF SHELVING FILLED WITH A MULTITUDE OF BOOKS; FROM THOSE YOU OWN TO THOSE ON YOUR TBR—ALL OF WHICH YOU LOGGED ON GOODREADS. BEHIND THE SHELF IS A PANIC ROOM. TO GET INTO THE PANIC ROOM, YOU HAVE TO PULL OUT A BOOK (CAN YOU IMAGINE THE ACTION?). THERE IS AN INTRUDER IN YOUR HOUSE—A MURDERER?—WELL, YOU DON’T WANT TO FIND OUT. THE THING IS, THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS ACCESS TO YOUR GOODREADS ACCOUNT AND CAN SEE EVERY SINGLE TITLE YOU’VE LISTED. YOU’VE ALREADY CALLED THE COPS AND THEY’RE SET TO ARRIVE WITHIN MINUTES SO SAID INDIVIDUAL WON’T HAVE TIME TO PULL EVERY SINGLE BOOK OUT OF THE SHELVES TO GAIN ACCESS. WHICH BOOK DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE YOUR ACCESS CODE. JUSTIFY YOUR SELECTION.
Andrew Smith’s Winger because, DUH, that would be totally so unpredictable. Yeah, no. I don’t see the immediate use of Goodreads in this scenario? But anyway, I’d use Chocolat by Joanne Harris as access code because a) I only know two—and I mean two—people who have read the book, ergo, b) I hadn’t been as vocal about my fondness of it, and so c) it’d be a stretch for the intruder to single this title out. I think its spine is rather unremarkable, to boot.

There you go! If you’ve read Chocolat or know the specific name(s) of your favorite color(s), come talk to me. And also? I’m nominating these luscious waffles:

Cait @ Paper Fury
Eriele @ This Is Not Your Book Blog
Jayvee @ Writer For Misfits
JM @ Book Freak Revelations
Justine @ Bookwormaniac
Kevin @ Tome Bound
Liam @ Liam’s Library

Here are your questions:

  1. If you can only eat one group of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Classification can be as broad as “desserts” or as specific as “hamburgers.”)
  2. What is that book you wish you had when you were younger?
  3. Describe your coffee. (Or other favorite drink.)
  4. Which fictional character you’d switch lives with and why?
  5. Which album can you listen to on repeat for one whole day?
  6. In relation to the previous question, select a novel and do its soundtrack.
  7. And lastly, write a poem or haiku or song for either waffle or doughnut.

Books that were mentioned (click the cover to be directed to its Goodreads page):

Mosquitoland   The Night Circus 01   The Beginning of Everything

Never Let Me Go 01   Every Day 01   Breaking Dawn 01

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass 01   Winger 06   Chocolat

Pick one question from any of these and answer it in the comments below!

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: July 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

July had been utterly wondrous. I met the lovely Robyn Schneider—as smart and funny and nerdy as her work. My dearest godson Carlisle, who is the adorablest, turned three. I was more actively present in our church than ever and still had the energy to help organize a bloggers/readers meet up. I had my visa interview. And on top of these I managed to blog regularly and finish six (6!) books. Time is a peculiar thing.

Books I Read

Extraordinary Means 02Fans of the Impossible Life 02The Night We Said Yes 02

Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

Paperweight   You and Me and Him 01   Go Set a Watchman 01

Happy book birthday to Paperweight (7th, HarperTeen), You and Me and Him (7th, HMH Books for Young Readers), and Go Set a Watchman (14th, Harper), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

Never Always Sometimes 01   Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes 01   Another Day 01   The Rest of Us Just Live Here 01

This coming month, I’m excited for Never Always Sometimes (4th, Harlequin Teen), Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (18th, Disney Hyperion Books) (!!!!!), Another Day (25th, Alfred A. Knopf BFYR), The Wild Ones (25th, Philomel Books), and The Rest of Us Just Live Here (27th, Walker Books).

Gold Star

#BOOKWORMSUNITE YOU GUYS!!!

It’s strange how we pulled this off but we did. Three weeks maybe. Three weeks was all it took to, in a whim, suggest a meet up, get an enthusiastic response, brainstorm, put the words out and make it happen. But stranger is the event itself. Stranger is people actually showing up. Stranger is people actually having fun. In fact, standing in that room, in a coffee shop roughly sixty miles from home, I’ve never felt more myself, more at ease with my own skin, amongst people I’ve only either met briefly before or known online. Some even were just introduced that afternoon. But I felt the camaraderie. It was heartwarming. And I’m grateful Dianne, Hazel, Inah, Faye and Aimee all said yes that fortunate day.

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Around the Interwebs

Now that I actually have a news feature, aptly called Unmissable Weekly, there will be less items in this section.

How was your month? What was the amazing book or film or music or dessert you consumed? Is there a post you think I should check out? Also, HAVE YOU READ Go Set a Watchman? Sound of in the comments below!

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Don’t Judge the Book by Its Cover

But, really, don’t we all do? I mean, I certainly do not determine whether or not I pick up a book solely by its cover but it’s a factor. And a good deal at that. Pretty much just like how a query letter is the writer’s first impression on the agent/publisher, a cover is what draws us, readers, initially to the book. I love me some thoughtful, beautifully crafted cover designs. And today, I share my personal favorites from contemporary young adult titles. (In no particular order.)

Eleanor & Park   Paper Towns
Untitled-4   Paperweight
The Perks of Being a Wallflower   I'll Give You the Sun
Playlist for the Dead   Ciinamon Toast and the End of the World
 Between the Notes

Between the Notes

Look at how simple and lovely that Eleanor & Park is! Seriously, all of Rowell’s books have gorgeous covers. Olga Grlic, who does these amazingness, is a Cover Design Wizard! I also adore how minimalist the layouts for Meg Haston’s Paperweight, Janet E. Cameron’s Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World (I just love that toaster + toasts!) and Michelle Falkoff’s Playlist for the Dead are. Not to mention this edition of John Green’s Paper Towns with its seemingly childlike scribblings. Now, in the case of Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything, one look at this charming cover (trust me, it’s 1000% more attractive in person) had me thinking I’ll definitely have this book in my hands before I even checked out the synopsis. And it’s a win, so yaaay! Gimme some good illustrations and typography and I’m absolutely on board.

What about you dear readers and friends? What book covers have you been obsessing lately?

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